17 Aug 2018 in the Officers ‘ mess of the Central site of the Russian Federation in the village Belushya Lip, the administrative center of the New Earth met his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill with representatives of the Ministry of defense, reports patriarhiei.
Welcoming the participants, his Holiness Patriarch Kirill expressed gratitude to defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, noting that under his leadership, in the life of Russia’s Armed forces have been positive changes. “We have a very good personal relationship with him, and all that relates to the interaction between the Church and the Armed forces, today at a very decent level,” — said the Primate of the Russian Church.
“Sometimes those are the trips I am asked: why do you need? You have so much work — why go to the New Earth? But I feel it is my duty, the duty of the Patriarch to serve not only in the capitals, but also to visit the most remote corners of our Fatherland, — said his Holiness. — First of all, to feel the pulse of our people, to see how people live, including the military. These trips really enrich, I discover that from the Moscow office I never saw and did not understand. In addition, I have the opportunity to evaluate the Ministry of our Church in such places, to see both positive and weaknesses in order to strategize the organization of Church life across the country.”
“Finally, consider a visit to such places is very important and spiritually beneficial, continued his Holiness. — Why spiritually useful? Because here you can meet with people courageous, those who performed feats in their everyday lives”.
“I don’t want to offend anyone from the Metropolitan figures, but a spiritual feat to accomplish in the office or the office is difficult — there is a completely different element. And when one lives face to face with great difficulties — physical, climatic, social, — and carries with it his Ministry for the good of the Fatherland, it really is made a spiritual feat,” — said the Primate.
“That’s why it’s so important to me, — continued the Patriarch. — So thank you for the opportunity to meet with you soldiers and your families, with children me so gently and touching here. Such unforgettable are my impressions from a visit to New Earth.”
“I really hope that the Church and our life here will be strengthened. We need to think about from time to time came the clergy, especially the monastics, so that we had the opportunity in the field to assess the capabilities of the person who made your spiritual choice. To assess his faith, his love for people, his ability to overcome difficulties,” — said his Holiness and offered to prepare a program for the direction of priests in remote parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church.
According to His Holiness, “everyone should come here just to betray yourself into the hands of God, saying: how much you need I’m here to serve; because the conditions of service in such places is a test of the person, his training”.